By Tenzin Monlam
Tibetan Parliament in Exile's Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel and Justice Commissioner Dr. Ngawang Rabgyal launching LHA's 20-year report at TIPA hall on November 11, 2017. Phayul photo
DHARAMSHALA, November 13: LHA Charitable Trust, a social and educational NGO based in Dharamshala, celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts’ hall on Saturday. Tibetan Parliament’s Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel attended the event as the chief guest along with Justice Commissioner Dr. Ngawang Rabgyal as special guest and representatives of various Tibetan NGOs.
The organization known for its social works and a language-learning center in Mcleod Ganj, caters to hundreds of students who want to learn a new language. The organization’s Director Ngawang Rabgyal said that the various language classes given by the organization have been the most valuable contribution to the community.
“Since arriving in exile the need to know other languages have been felt by many, especially those who newly arrive from Tibet. We teach Tibetan, English, Chinese, French, German, and Japanese etc. Many Tibetans migrate to France and Germany, and learning the languages here gives them a head start,” said the Director.
Since its inception in 1997, the organization had around 12,000 students and over 7,000 volunteers associated with them. Besides the international language classes, the organization also provides free meal through its ‘Community Soup Kitchen’ and clean water to various institutions through its ‘Clean Water Project’.
Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama through a message dated October 9 expressed his joy on LHA turning 20 and gratitude towards everyone associated with it. The spiritual leader also lauded the organization for ‘playing a leading role’ in social services and development of education in exile.
“The organization is well conceived and its programs well implemented. Its multifaceted programs aims at preservation and promotion of Tibetan language, cultural heritage, and provision of educational resources to the community,” the Dalai Lama said, adding that its cultural exchange programs, volunteering opportunities has enabled a platform to spread awareness on Tibet.
Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel congratulating the organization said that the public must too instill the aims of organization in their daily lives and support the organization in their various social works. “I commend LHA for your genuine determination in preserving and promoting Tibetan language and cultural heritage as well as creating awareness on Tibet’s issue for the people all around the globe,” said the Speaker.
“I am indebt to LHA for teaching languages for a nominal fee of INR 300 and the free lunch they provide,” said Tusltrim Tenzin, a monk student learning English and Japanese. “I had never learned English before joining LHA in 2011 and now I can converse and understand it well. I chose English since it is an international language and as for Japanese, I have certain inclination towards its people and the culture.”